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1998 Aston Martin DB7


• Well documented service history
• Lots of paperwork
• Drives smoothly
• New discs and pads all round 

The Background 

Penned by the great mind of Ian Callum the DB7 was Aston Martins grand tourer offering in the late 90’s to early 00’s. It was available as either a coupe or convertible with the engine offerings of either an inline 6 or V12. Around 7,000 DB7’s were produced before production stopped in 2004. Produced with resources from Jaguar and financial backing of the Ford Motor Company the DB7 was actually an evolution of the XJS platform and as such it shares some elements with the XK8 of the time.

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The History 

If you have a look at the collection of paperwork that comes with this DB7 you are able to piece together whereabouts it has been during its life. Once ordered from Stratstone Aston Martin in London it quickly makes it way up to Derby where it resides for the next couple of years before making its way back inside the M25 in 2002. It stays in and around the London area until it is SORN in 2016.

The current owner acquired the car not so long ago and have set about making sure that the car is in running condition and ready for the next owner to enjoy this luxury motor.

They have recently put new discs and pads on, undersealed the car and put a new MOT on it. Meaning the new owner can drive away in a nice example of an English classic.

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The Paperwork  

With the car the new owner will also get the original, leather bound, DB7 Owner’s Guide. Not only is this the guide to your new DB7, but it also houses the service booklet at the book which is full of stamps. These stamps go as far back as pre-delivery to the most recent stamp at 93,000 miles in 2016 when the car was SORN.

You will also get a ring binder folder that houses other important documents like MOT certificates, the most recent V5 and other invoices. One interesting invoice in the folder is a bill for £3629.52 from 2008 where the gearbox was stripped back and overhauled. The new owner will be able to go through this folder at their own leisure to see the level of care that has previously been put into the maintenance of this DB7.

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The Interior

The interior is finished in a lovely two tone blue and cream leather with wood accents set into the dash, center console and door cards. For a car that has seen nearly 100,000 miles and 23 years of service the interior is in fairly good condition. The leather seats show some signs of wear, but no rips or tears, these seats could be brought back to life with a bit of elbow grease over the course of a weekend.

There is, however, some light blue staining on one of the rear seats.
The two-tone steering wheel doesn’t have any damage present on and when you look through to the instrument panel, you’ll see no warning lights on the dash when you go for a drive. The Alpine stereo set into the wooden console is a multi-changer system majority of the kit being found in the boot. Within the boot you will also find a space saver. One thing of note with the boot is that the gas struts may need replacing as they don’t hold the heavy boot lid open effectively anymore.

The interior of any Aston Martin is a lovely place to be, and this example is no difference. Looking out over the bonnet that seems to go on forever you know that you are in special car where every button you touch feels like it has had a lot of time an effort put into its design.

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The Exterior

A beautifully elegant design the exterior of this DB7 is stunning especially when it is finished in this deep blue. You will see that the car is a soft top or Volante version of the DB7, but the roof can be a bit temperamental, like anything on an older Aston it chooses its moment to work. Another point on the exterior is that, like the roof, the drivers exterior door handle can sometimes choose it’s moment to work, but it will open from the inside.

Other than these little issues the rest of the exterior is in good condition. The paint is in great condition with no real marks being present. The 18” alloys are all in good condition as well with no curb markings, the tires that are fitted to this car are in great condition with plenty of tread left on them. The roof, although temperamental, is in excellent condition with no major markings, rips, or tears.

It is believed that at some point during this cars life it has spent most of its time sitting in a nice dry garage.

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The Mechanics 

As you can see from the paperwork that is available for this DB7 it has been looked after throughout its life. It is thanks to this care that it is still with us today and in such good condition. Within the last couple of weeks this DB7 has had four new discs and a new set of pads fitted, a new MOT put on it and the underside has been professionally undercoated to prevent any rot that may occur during the winter months.

The car starts up on the key easily and the automatic gearbox engages all of the gears smoothly. Both of these factors mean that the new owner will be able to jump straight in and enjoy a drive out in the countryside. With the brakes just being fitted the new owner may need to bed them in a bit first. Overall, this cars running gear is in excellent condition and ready to be used as it should be.

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The Appeal

You never need a reason to own an Aston Martin, they are world renowned for being some of the best cars that you can get. And for the price of this DB7 you will getting a car that is mechanically sound, a must for one of these older Astons. With the car having sat for a while over the past few years it is now in need of an owner that will use it to its full potential. This DB7 is as comfortable and as capable as any modern offerings from Aston Martin. 

The past few years have seen the DB7 steadily climb in value, so this is your chance to grab a bargain that should steadily increase in value.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Aston Martin
  • Model DB7
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 94,879 Miles
  • Engine size 3239
  • Town Berkhamsted
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids from 3 bidders
  • Frugies•••• £12,500 27/11/21
  • rob-wil•••• £10,000 26/11/21
  • darren-•••• £8,000 26/11/21
  • rob-wil•••• £5,000 26/11/21

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